5 Apr 2012
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To all followers of City Gallery Wellington we would like to announce that Elizabeth Caldwell, the current Director of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, will take up the reigns as Director, City Gallery Wellington in July 2012.
After a great deal of speculation and guesswork within the art world, Wellington Museum Trust Chief Executive Pat Stuart says, “We are delighted Elizabeth has accepted the challenge of leading City Gallery Wellington into the future. She has both the leadership skills and commitment to contemporary art that will ensure the gallery will continue to flourish.”
Ms Caldwell brings over 20 years experience in the New Zealand visual arts sector to the role and is excited to be taking up the post. “City Gallery Wellington has established a reputation for delivering high quality contemporary art exhibitions. I look forward to working with the team and continuing to bring the very best of international and national art to the Wellington public.”
No stranger to the capital, Ms Caldwell has worked as the Senior Curator Visual Art and Collection Services at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and as the Arts Adviser for Visual Art and Craft/Object Art at Creative New Zealand.
Ms Caldwell was previously the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery (now Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu) and her academic qualifications include an MA in Art History from the University of Canterbury, Diploma of Secondary Teaching (Christchurch College of Education) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorial Studies (University of Melbourne).
The team at City Gallery Wellington look forward to welcoming Elizabeth in July. John Cordner remains as Acting Director in the interim.